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Miranda: The Creative Family Bathroom

Let’s face it. When you add up all the minutes, most of us spend quite a lot of time in the bathroom. Especially when you have young children who need help wiping and washing, the bathroom can be a busy place.

Here’s a glimpse of what our little half-bathroom looked like when we bought our house:

And this is what it looks like now:

When I stumbled across this wallpaper last year, I had to have it. And I don’t even like wallpaper. But the idea of being able to write on the walls — permanently — filled me with excitement. One wall of paper would do it. (I trash-picked the mirror hanging above the sink, so that added a few dollars to the budget.) Bright paint would go on the other walls. The only “rule” for writing on this wall is not to create anything obscene. (I have teenagers, so a rule like this is actually necessary.) Other than that, anything goes. I’ve added a few collage pieces, and I look forward to creating a few mini paintings. The wall has become something of a guest book, too. We encourage guests to add something to the wall as a remembrance of their visit. And of course, all ages are welcome to contribute. (Yesterday I overhead one of my 14-year-old daughter’s friends exclaim: “You mean you can just come in here and write on the walls any old time you feel like it??” And my daughter’s response — slightly smug — “Yup!”)

You’ll see that this little room features two of my recent acquisitions from Aimee Myers Dolich of Artsyville. I love her work — and I especially love how the “doodles” and black frames (inexpensive frames from Target) echo the intention and inspiration of our create-it-yourself wallpaper, as well as the color of the painted walls. (And per the doodle, there ARE stacks of books in this room too — well, a shelf full, anyway!) A beautiful fit.

Future owners of our house will either love the wall and embrace it for themselves, or rip it all off (and God forbid, return it to the original, boring off-white). I imagine that wherever I live, I’ll always want to have a wall like this somewhere in my house.

So there you have it — the creative family bathroom. Any of you who ever come for a visit are eagerly encouraged to add your creative signature to our bathroom wall!

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  1. I LOVE this wall in your bathroom, and have admired it. I was even telling my Mother-in-law about it the other day! So glad that it’s the topic of your post. It’s inspiring! xoxo

    February 19, 2010
  2. i am thrilled to have this spot of prominence in your bathroom!

    February 19, 2010
  3. i think i have to copy you. now to convince a reluctant type in my house that it would be fun and not ‘a mess’

    February 19, 2010
  4. never in life … in the history of the world even, have these words been uttered … i get to say them first … TOTAL WALL ENVY from me to you … i LOVE that … love, love, love, love …. oh my gosh … love …

    February 19, 2010
  5. can you give me a straight on shot of the wall … just wall …

    February 19, 2010
  6. i second e.beck’s request. is it possible to get a straight on shot?

    February 19, 2010
  7. Liz #

    LOVE IT!

    February 19, 2010
  8. This is wonderful! I love it

    February 19, 2010
  9. coreyboy #

    That Rocks!
    I’ve like the idea of using blackboard paint as well for random creativity also.

    February 19, 2010
  10. amy #

    That is really cool wallpaper. I saw the post title and thought what? I mean I draw while the girls take a bath but this is awesome. I still have to remove the last of the trout wallpaper in the communal bathroom downstairs and love this wallpaper.

    February 19, 2010
  11. yasmina #

    This is amazing!
    What a wonderful, unique, creative project!
    The ‘after’ photo is definitely prettier than the ‘before’ photo …

    February 20, 2010
  12. Thank you, guys!

    Elizabeth & Cathy, later this weekend I will post a link to an album that has full-on wall shots. I was a little cagey with the selection that I posted because there are a few first and last names written on the wall (teenagers, you see) and I need to Photoshop those out before I can post good pictures of the actual art. But I’m on it, and I so appreciate the interest!

    February 20, 2010
  13. A couple more cool wall treatments are Chalk Board Paint and Magnetic paint.

    My friend Tralice has both in her family-friendly entry-way. She lives on a very small island (she doesn’t lock her doors) – so the chalkboard has become the place neighbors can leave notes if they come by and find her not at home, or guests leave THANK YOUs, and children adore it – she’s got a 5 x 5 foot swatch at one foot off the floor up to 6 feet and a basket of sidewalk chalk nearby.

    The magnetic paint walls display those photo sleeves with magnetic backing making it an ever-changing snap-shot photo gallery.

    I was proud to be a contributing member of the Miranda’s bathroom installation…was wondering what it looked like now.

    February 22, 2010
  14. LOVE that wallpaper! that is so fun Miranda. link to where i can get some?

    February 23, 2010
  15. Love the artsy bathroom! Wondering if you live in Pennsylvania, because the layout of your bathroom is EXACTLY the same as my mom’s who lives in a townhouse complex in Sinking Springs, right down to the cabinet. Hahaha!
    You have inspired me to finally paint my bathroom. I currently have a horrible purple and tan bathroom. Needs a change badly. Thanks for the post!

    February 24, 2010
  16. Thanks, freakcycle! My bathroom must be a builder’s special, as we live in Massachusetts 😉 I do think that it’s gratifying to “do” the bathroom, however. Not a lot of work or money but a big return on investment. Definitely lifts the spirits, if the spirits happen to need lifting.

    Kelly, there’s a link to the wallpaper on “this wallpaper” just below the photo mosaic. Available from other places as well, however.

    Still working on that photo album. Been sidetracked. Quite a lot of rain in MA this week, and when a deluge of rain falls on snow/ice covered ground, where does all that rain go….? That’s right, it all ends up in the basement. MY basement.

    February 25, 2010
  17. Toni, you were not just a contributor, but THE inaugural contributor! Poor Toni, the pressure….having to create the first piece of art on our pristine wallpaper! lol….you’ll see her contribution up close when I ever manage to complete the online album 🙂

    I also love the blackboard paint — would be great fun to have a huge wall of that somewhere too. Hmmmm……..

    February 25, 2010

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